You will not seen another Top 100 like this one. It is a list of names I most commonly saw in birth notices and newspaper stories during 2013, and the numbers are not an absolute tally of sightings of each name – which would have brought on a nervous breakdown – but how many times I saw a particular name in a single week. (So for a name to get a tally of 4, I would have seen two examples within the same week, twice in the year).
These non-unique names are definitely weighted in a particular direction, which explains why they won’t look like the national Top 100 for last year. I counted all variant spellings as a single name, so that the many spellings of names like Marley and Kayden were taken into account.
The papers overwhelmingly reflect what people of European descent name their children, so that Muhammad, which is a Top 100 name, was only seen once in an entire year. Most of the names are from the east coast of Australia, with a concentration in Victoria (Victorians seem much more keen on birth notices), and there is a strong representation from rural, regional and outer suburban areas.
Even so, it came as a surprise how different it looked to the official version – names like Amity and Nash were suddenly in the Top 100, while rising names like Rose and Declan don’t make the cut. I suspect all of us have our own Top 100 in our heads, which is why some people are surprised to find Olivia is a popular name, and wonder why Matthew doesn’t rank higher when they see it everywhere.
This is my personal Top 100 – perhaps not statistically valid, but still worth sharing, I think. How does it compare to your own personal Top 100?